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Why Family Research?

by William J. Girimonti III

In 1991, I was involved in a seven month long military ordeal which encompassed Operations: Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Desert Calm--otherwise known as the Persian Gulf War. During this interesting time, I took on a new outlook and appreciation for life. It took a war to make me realise how much of my life I had already wasted. Upon my return to the United States, I decided to do the things I have always meant to do. One of them was to research the family name. I had no idea how much I would grow from this research. It has enabled me to truly understand the family, it's immediate origins, and much of it's background. This study of one's ancestry is commonly referred to as Genealogy.

One might ask, "What makes a person take on such a task?" Every genealogist has their own reason. As for me, I felt it was necessary because as a child, at age two, my parents were divorced, grew apart and eventually lost contact with each other. For most of my life, until the age of 19, all I knew of my father was his name and an idea of what he looked like from some old pictures of him in an Army uniform which were in one of my mother's photo albums. After I graduated from Air Force Basic Training, I went on to Technical Training school in Biloxi, Mississippi. While I was there, I remembered the pictures and decided to find out a little more to satisfy my curiosity. I was able to get some information from his military records, which included his address at the time of enlistment into the U.S. Army. I crossed the address to a phone number and spoke to the family I knew only a brief two years as a child. That little bit of research paid off. I am now very close to that part of my family, including my father. Proud of my success, it prompted me to find out all I could about my long lost family. Thus began the lifelong search for my ancestry.

About genealogy
Genealogy has quickly become a very popular pastime for millions of people worldwide, some even do it professionally and make a decent income. The heart of this pastime is a solid background in research. It is also essential that the researcher document everything he or she finds, whether or not it seems important at the time. They should also have a reasonable filing system to organise the information so that it can be retreived easily when needed. My filing preference is a computerised database where I can easily find the data I am seeking in less than a second. In the course of my research, I have used numerous sources to gain further knowledge. The primary source of information is the immediate family of the individuals being researched or the individuals themselves. The next source I would go to is city, state, country and local records (birth, death, and marriage records). One government source that I use regularly is the Social Security Death Index which lists most deaths in the U.S.A. since 1964. Telephone directories work wonders as well. There are just thousands of sources to choose from, each with their own kind of useful information.

What I have found
As a result of my steadfast commitment to this research, I have amassed information on over 3500 people which are related in one way or another. I have also united my mother with a brother and sister she never knew she had. In addition, so far, I have traced my direct ancestry back to the year 1757. There have been so many positive results from my research and for the family as a whole. This success is my incentive to continue on and strive for more.

My goals
As far as my goals are concerned, I plan on publishing all the data in a book when I have data on approximately 5000 people, though I will still continue on and add more as the information becomes available. I also hope to organize a huge family reunion within the next 5 years or so. I am expecting to have close to 200 people attend. The most important thing I hope to achieve is to bring the entire family closer together. I feel this can be done through a single medium-- this very website.

In short, I have accomplished much in the 17 years that I have been involved in genealogical research. I have found my family, united relatives, and helped the family become closer. The road ahead seems promising. I can foresee the publishing of all the data I have collected, a huge family reunion, a bridge between the Girimont, Girimonte, Girimonti, Germonde, Girmonde, and Giramonti Families, and bringing the family closer through one common medium. . .this website.

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